DW BUREAU / CHANDIGARH
With a view to make Haryana, a plastic-free state, awareness is being generated among people to use cotton and jute bags in place of plastic bags. Bartan Bhandars are also being set up to reduce the use of single plastic use.
Haryana Chief Secretary, Keshni Anand Arora gave this information, during a review meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, regarding Collection, Segregation and disposal of Single use plastic, through video conferencing, here today.
In the meeting, Arora said that the general public is being made aware to reduce the use of plastic. She said that the state government has already banned plastic water bottles in government offices. Various business institutions and NGOs have been requested to make jute bags under Community Social Responsibility (CSR) and distribute it to the general public. Work has already started on this and soon, people would be distributed with jute bags. Apart from this, women working in Self-Help Groups in rural areas have also been requested to make such bags. Bartan Bhandars have been set up at various places in collaboration with NGOs, so as to reduce the use of plastic utensils with immediate effect, she added.
Arora said that under this campaign, so far, about 4,000 challans have been issued to reduce the use of plastic in the state and strict actions are being taken so that in future also, plastic is not used. Plastic waste is also being used in road construction work to dispose off the plastic. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 25 per cent plastic would also be used in road construction.
It was informed in the meeting that ‘Swachhat Hi Seva’ programme would be run with the theme ‘Plastic Waste Shramdaan’ from September 11 to October 27, 2019. This programme would run for six weeks and would be completed in three phases. The first phase would be from September 11 to October 1, 2019, in which people would be made aware about not to use plastic.